From My Toilet To The Gold Mine

Published on: 29 April 2014

By Kylie Williams

Flush the toilet in Bathurst and your effluent may soon be recycled for use at a new gold mine near Orange.

While the mine would be a boon for central New South Wales by providing new employment and flow-on benefits to local businesses, securing a water supply for the thirsty mine is the potential show-stopper.

Mines use billions of litres of water each year but with one billion people without clean drinking water and 2.5 billion lacking access to basic sanitation worldwide, doesn’t it seem preposterous to pour clean water down a mine?

Read the full article: RiAus: Australia’s Science Channel